R.I.P. By Mukul Deva

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Title : RIP
Author : Mukul Deva (http://www.mukuldeva.com/)
Genre : Action/Thriller
Language :  English
Publishers : Westland Ltd.
Publication year : 2012
ISBN : 978-93-82618-19-5
Paperback Price : Rs. 200/-
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A RIP-Roaring Read


The Story -

R.I.P.  was clearly conceptualized and written when the government was reeling under the onslaught of one revealed scam after another, and the anti-corruption movement was at its height. As Mukul Deva himself says in his Author's Note -

"This book was born out of an extreme sense of anger and shame. Anger at the appalling, naked greed so shamelessly displayed by the Indian political class. And shame that they happen to be fellow-Indians"

The R.I.P. - Resurgent Indian Patriots, a vigilante team of Ex-Special Forces commandos headed by Colonel Krishna Athawale, has just executed three corrupt political fixers. And declared open war on the diseased and parasitic political, judicial and bureaucratic system of India.

The R.I.P. came into being when Krishna's tolerance broke under the loss of the most important people in his life, victims of blatant corruption, government apathy and absolute indifference for the citizens and the country. Operating under the principle that fear of death is the biggest motivator, the R.I.P. (who refer to themselves as the K-Team, since all the members have names beginning with K) have made it their mission to rid Mother India of her elected looters.

Jolted by the R.I.P.'s blatant warning, Home Minister D.M. Karunakaran and others, all steeped to their gills in scams, enlist a ruthless mercenary-for-hire, disgraced ex-Special Forces commando Raghav Bhagat, to take out the R.I.P.

Caught in the middle of the two warring factions is CBI Special Director Vinod Bedi, contending with irritants both professional and personal.

Also trapped in the melee are
Reena Bhagat, a news anchor dealing with a painful divorce and rising feelings for Krishna.
Her son Azaan, caught between his parents.
And Sachin, Krishna's son, coping with losses of his own.

As the story hurtles with break-neck speed from mission to mission, a cat and mouse game ensues between Athawale and Bhagat. Fuelled by mutual enmity, personal demons and clashing ideals, the taut narrative heads for a thrilling climax.


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The Writing -

With thinly-veiled references to prominent political personalities, real-life scams and actual cases of subversion of justice, this book reads as a voice for the frustrations of the common man and a stirring, deep-seated rage against the leaders of the nation.

Mukul deftly combines his military experience and storytelling skills to create edge-of-the-seat missions marked by meticulous planning, swift action, sophisticated weaponry and battle tactics. The writing is crisp and builds the thrill of the chase to satisfaction.

His characters are well-fleshed out and easy to identify with. One can sense in Mukul's words his own dejection with the state of the nation. It adds an element of reality to a plot that is already relevant to the times.

That said, however, this is no addition to classic literature. The author uses simple, everyday language aimed at Indian readers, which is fine since this is an action-thriller and not lyrical prose. However, this makes the book a one-time-read only as there is nothing to go back to once the story reaches its end.

The Yahoos J

An engrossing plot, a taut narrative, true-to-life characters and well-orchestrated action pieces. Mukul Deva makes full use of his military background to lend credibility to the missions. An engaging, enjoyable read.

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Pedestrian language, word-for-word repetition of terms like "rape of the motherland" and extracts from the Bhagwad Gita, and too many coincidences to make the occurrences truly plausible. Also, no wit or humour for the slightest relief from the melancholy that rides throughout the book. There is much emphasis on the disclaimer that all characters and events in the book are fictitious, however it is glaringly obvious that most characters are based almost entirely on real-life people, right down to the names. Since the average reader is intelligent enough to figure that out, the robust disclaimer seems a little insulting.

The Final Verdict - 






R.I.P. is a book that needs to be read for its relevance and its message of citizens needing to take back what is rightfully theirs with decisive action. Mukul combines facts with fiction, action with emotion and enmity with camaraderie to create a fast-moving, riveting page-turner. Don't look for a literary masterpiece, and you will be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy the book.


Excerpts from R.I.P.


Colonel Krishna Athawale knew all three men were ready. As would be their backups.... Yet uncertainty assailed him. A deeper, almost existential uncertainty. Krishna was keenly aware his next words would catapult all six of them down a path from which they might never emerge unscathed. If at all.


Doubt faltered.

Yes, we are right. the guilty have to be punished. And perhaps a new brand of leadership would emerge... But would someone... the correct someone... step forward? One could only hope... they had to create the vacuum first... fear was the key.


***
Crack!

The sound of Karan's rifle shot echoed out, muffled by the distance, almost lost in the sounds of traffic, but audible even so.

Krishna's binoculars automatically sought out the target.

The 7.62 mm, full metal jacket slug spun out of Kran's rifle. Racing out at 830 metres per second, the high velocity slug powered through the air and covered the distance in an incredibly short time.

Krishna saw the judge's nearly hairless head explode like a tomato. Blood billowed out.

'Target down! Move out!'. Moving in tandem, the four men of K-Team pulled out.


About the Author


An alumnus of La Martiniere College, Lucknow, the National Defence Academy, Pune and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Mukul Deva was commissioned in December 1981 into the Sikh Light Infantry of the Indian Army. He took early retirement from the army after fifteen years of service, including a decade of combat operations in India and overseas. Now settled in Singapore, he is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and an executive, business and creativity coach. He is also a Mentor on the United Nations Institute of Training and Research Afghanistan Fellowship. He is India's leading writer or military thrillers, including the bestselling Lashkar series.


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7 comments:

  1. Every book written is generally based on a direct or indirect experience of the write. May be writer identifies strongly with the topic and that personal angst peeps through story. Interesting review.

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    1. Thanks Meenakshi! Given the author's own years of service for our country and the anger and disgust with which we all have watched recent events unfold, we can safely assume that he has very strong feelings about corruption and has managed to bring it forth very well in his story.

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  2. wud love to lay my hands on dis book aftr reading yr review !!!!

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  3. This is around 7th review in Indiblogger I have read . All were positive . Lets see if time permits i might read although not a good novel reader.

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    1. It has a good plot and is fast-paced, you can even skip through some of the emotional bits if you want to get straight to the action, so you can read it without having to concentrate too much or spend too much time on it.

      However, it is only a one time read, so if you have another book on your reading list that needs more time to enjoy properly, you should read that first :)

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  4. Hi need to connect with you for reviews, please email me at thereaderscosmos@gmail.com

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